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Re: summer of code 2007

From: David Anderson <dave_at_natulte.net>
Date: 2007-03-13 18:18:58 CET

Don't mind me, I'm on crack and completely and utterly misread the
entire reply. +1 on what Malcolm says, with the exception that I'd
like `svn patch` as a subcommand, not as Yet Another Tool.

- Dave

On 3/13/07, David Anderson <dave@natulte.net> wrote:
> On 3/13/07, Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-dev@farside.org.uk> wrote:
> > Personally, I think that sticking with patch's format is more of a
> > crutch than anything else. In particular, I'd like to introduce a
> > specific 'patch-compatible' output format for diff that e.g. represents
> > file copies as diffs from nothing rather than diffs from the copyfrom
> > source, since the latter, while good for review, doesn't actually give
> > you output that works with patch(1)
>
> Uh, the output of `svn diff` can be applied with GNU patch. I do that
> all the time. It's not perfectly identical in formatting and general
> looks to GNU patch, but the unified diff does apply fine.
>
> > Since we're talking about perfect worlds, mine includes three different
> > patch outputs:
> >
> > 1. 'svn diff', for reviews.
> > 2. 'svn diff --format=patch', for producing something we can apply with
> > patch.
> > 3. 'svn diff --format=svnpatch', for producing something we can apply
> > with a hypothetical 'svnpatch' tool. There's no reason this can't be
> > human-readable and use unified diffs as well.
>
> Given the above, I'd keep `svn diff` outputting patch-compatible files
> (which can be augmented to carry extra metadata: the unified diff
> format ignores stuff it doesn't recognize, and that characteristic is
> used by SVK to add extra metadata), and have a flag output another
> format, if we decide we want one.
>
> Then, `svn patch` applies either unified, unified+augmented tacked on
> metadata, or this "another format". GNU patch still applies the first
> and second quite happily.
>
> - Dave
>

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